As someone pointed out in the comments (WE LOVE THE COMMENTS!) Adam Hughes talks about his sure-to-be-pretty-but-slow stint on ALL-STAR WONDER WOMAN over at the Byrne Board in comments posted weeks ago but more timely now than ever:
First up, “Then you read that Adam Hughes is going to do a monthly”. Ouch. Not sure if that puppy I ran over last week was Chuck’s, but now I’m thinking it was…
Secondly, I am not doing a ‘monthly’. My commitment to ALL-STAR WONDER WOMAN is for 6 issues. My schedule is to hand in 10 pages, pencilled and inked, a month. The issues will be released monthly, on-time, because we’re starting far enough in advance. You will get your ALL-STAR WONDER WOMAN every four weeks.
Although i’s unknown how much Hughes has in the can, it’s safe to say it will be a little while before these start coming out. Hughes also speaks eloquently for the artists who work on a less than monthly pace:
Next, may I be allowed to take umbrage at the suggestion that anyone who does not/can not create a monthly comic is either casual or (more offensively) unprofessional and irresponsible. I realize that this is the wrong place to suggest this, but the notion that you are not a real comic artist if you can’t do a monthly book is archaic. Prolific masters like John Byrne and Jack Kirby are the exceptions, not the rule. Would you call Neal Adams unprofessional or irresponsible, just because HE never did a monthly book? All 12 issues of WATCHMAN didn’t ship on time; is Dave Gibbons therefore merely a casual dabbler in our medium? Anyone care to call Brian Bolland names for being slow? Perhaps KILLING JOKE should have been given to a DC artist who was doing a monthly book, as a reward for productivity.
I’m sorry that I cannot do a comic a month; I wish I could. So does my accountant. But I cannot. “A man’s got to know his limitations” as a wise man with a loaded gun once said. I know what I can and cannot do. Faced with the choice of hacking out a mediocre Adam Hughes comic 12 times a year or working at my own natural pace and doing work that I can be proud of, I personally choose quality over quantity. It’s not for everyone, it’s just how this cat is wired. I don’t think EVERYONE should slow down and work at this pace. I think everyone should find their niche and excel at what they do best.
Aside from playing the WATCHMEN card, it’s a thoughtful response from an artist who is definitely worth waiting for.